Crossing borders: What's the secret sauce in Ruby on Rails? (developerWorks)
Posted Oct 18, 2006 17:35 UTC (Wed) by rfunk
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Part of it is that Ruby is a much saner and more powerful language than
PHP. Part of it is that Rails encourages good web programming practices,
while PHP seems to encourage bad practices at every turn. Part of it is
that Rails makes the mundane tasks easy, letting you concentrate on the
interesting and unusual parts.
For small things our web dev shop still uses PHP, but all our large
projects are now being done with Rails. We're still learning, but after
working in Ruby/Rails for a while PHP is just too painful to deal with.
Oh yeah, and we're currently deploying them on virtual hosts with Apache
1.3 and fastcgi. Eventually we'll probably replace the fastcgi part with
Mongrel. Deployment is the biggest difficulty with Rails right now,
though there are other issues that are symptomatic of a young project.
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